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Why Obamacare is likely to fail in Indiana (and most other states, too)

J.K. Wall
June 12, 2014
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New data show eight out of 10 Hoosiers with private health insurance are covered by employer plans that are exempt from most Obamacare rules. So, rather than being an invasive train wreck, Obamacare may fail because it doesn't affect enough people.
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Goodwill strays from tradition to open vintage clothing store

Scott Olson
June 12, 2014
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Goodwill opened its first Vintage Vogue by GW store in Bloomington and now is bringing the boutique-style concept to Indianapolis. The store in the Glendale area opens Tuesday.
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Westfield schools sign Riverview as health provider, stadium sponsor

Andrea Muirragui Davis
June 11, 2014
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Westfield Washington Schools has landed a 10-year, $1.2 million sponsor for the 5,000-seat football stadium it’s building at Westfield High School.
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Former Colts player set to open soul food restaurant

Scott Olson
June 11, 2014
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Gary Brackett, who played nine seasons for the team at linebacker, plans to open Georgia Reese's Southern Table & Bar on the northwest side in August.
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Clowes Hall season to include Jay Leno, Rosanne Cash, Lightwire, and more

Lou Harry
June 11, 2014
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Kevin Eubanks to join former "Tonight Show" host. Jasmine Guy to star in Harlem Renaissance show.
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Indiana golf courses seeing revenue increases

Anthony Schoettle
June 10, 2014
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While golf-related revenue for courses nationwide was down 2 percent in April compared to the same period a year ago, Indiana courses were up almost 8 percent. And that's not the end of the good news.
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IBJ movie night: Win tickets to see 'Jersey Boys'

Lou Harry
June 10, 2014
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As a boy from Jersey (who happened to be born in late December back in '63), I'm thrilled to offer tickets to an advance screening of "Jersey Boys."
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Biotech firm Algaeon plans $25M lab in Westfield

Andrea Muirragui Davis
June 10, 2014
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Indianapolis-based Algaeon Inc. plans to move its algae-growing operation to Westfield, investing $25 million and adding 25 jobs over the next five years. The biotech firm is seeking to phase in personal property taxes while it ramps up production.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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